November 17, 2018

OPCW Director-General Visits Brussels

                  The Hague, Netherlands — 8 November 2018 — The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), H.E. Mr. Fernando Arias, met with the Ambassadors and senior diplomats to the OPCW based outside of The Hague and the Vice-President/High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security, H.E. Ms. Federica Mogherini, during his visit to Brussels, Belgium. During the Director-General’s meeting with the Permanent Representatives to the OPCW based outside of The Hague, the Director-General discussed issues pertaining to the upcoming Twenty-Third Session of the…

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XI Swazi cabinet announced

Friday, 2 November 2018, Mbabane, Kingdom of eSwatini: A new has been appointed by His Majesty King Mswati III of eSwantini. The country’s Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini accordingly released the names of the appointed cabinet members to the 11th cabinet. They are: – Ambrose Dlamini (Prime Minister) – Themba Masuku (Deputy Prime Minister) – Neil Reikenburg (Finance) – Manqoba Khumalo (Commerce, Industry and Trade) – Pholile Dlamini (Justice and Constitutional Affairs) – Princess Sikhanyiso (Information, Communication and Technology) – Peter Bhembe (Natural Resources and Energy) – Princess Lindiwe (Home Affairs) – Ndlaluhlaza Ndwandwe (Public Works and Transport) – Prince Simelane…

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Eurojust and Europol cross-border cooperation

                            On 23 October, the national authorities of Bulgaria and Spain, supported from a coordination centre at Eurojust, arrested 13 people (four in Bulgaria and nine in Spain) and searched 17 properties. More than 30 600 pieces of cultural heritage artefacts, mostly comprising real and counterfeit coins, were seized from an organised crime group (OCG) involved in the looting and illegal trafficking of cultural goods from Bulgarian archaeological sites as well as the online sale of counterfeit goods in Spain. Approximately EUR 180 000 in cash was…

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Global Agreement to Combat Crime Signed in The Hague

The Hague Accord unites public and private entities in systematically fighting crime through anonymous reporting  The Hague, the Netherlands- October 31 2018. During the Crime Stoppers International(CSI) 39th Annual Conference—Creating Alliances Against Crime— more than a dozen public institutions, private corporations, NGOs and law enforcement agencies signed The Hague Accord. As the global authority on anonymous reporting, CSI drafted The Hague Accord in an effort to lead a progressive movement to empower communities to take action against criminals and criminal networks through anonymous reporting networks. “Transnational organized crime poses a growing threat to national and international security, with dire implications…

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Dutch authorities conclude criminal investigation into Slobodan Praljak’s death

Slobodan Praljak (2013) By Zoran Lesic. The Hague, 2 November 2018– Today the Hague Public Prosecutor’s Office released the report on the death of Mr. Slobodan Praljak, one of the six appellants in the Prlić et al.case of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), and concluded that no criminal offences were established related to the incident. It further informed the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (Mechanism), as the successor organization to the ICTY of the results of the investigation. Mr. Praljak committed suicide on 29 November 2017 by drinking a liquid substance in the courtroom, during…

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OPCW Director-General addresses International Council of Chemical Associations

The Hague, Netherlands —29 October 2018 — The Director-General of the OPCW, H.E. Mr. Fernando Arias, addressed the annual meeting of the Board of Directors of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) about the importance of cooperation between and chemical industry for attaining the goals of the Chemical Weapons Convention. In the meeting, which took place in Amsterdam on 26 October, the Director-General expressed: “Cooperation between us is vital for the fulfilment of the promise of the Convention — a world free of chemical weapons.” He also highlighted challenges facing the OPCW such as the re-emergence of chemical weapons. …

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Prosecutor on mission to Sarajevo

The Hague, 29 October 2018– Mechanism Prosecutor Serge Brammertz will visit Sarajevo from 29 to 31 October, as part of preparations for his regular biannual report to the UN Security Council (UNSC). Prosecutor Brammertz will meet with Acting Chief Prosecutor Gordana Tadić and President Ranko Debevec to discuss the status of war crimes processing in Bosnia and Herzegovina, cooperation with and support from the Mechanism Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) and potential solutions to challenges in regional judicial cooperation in war crimes cases. During his visit, the Prosecutor will also meet with members of the Regional Coordinating Body of Families’…

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Hessian Minister Lucia Puttrich prepares for a hard Brexit

Wiesbaden/Berlin/Brüssels: Hessian Minister for European and Federal Affairs Lucia Puttrich has called for her country to prepare for unsolved issues concerning the UK’s upcoming departure from the European Union. In her opinion, the latter affects all German federal states; in fact for her “everything must be done to avoid a hard Brexit without an agreement. Yet should it come to that, we must be prepared”.  Minister Puttrich has highlighted Hesse’s preparations for a hard Brexit during the two-days conference for the European affairs ministers of the German federal states held at Brussels. According to Minister Puttrich the political situation in…

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Prosecutor on mission to Belgrade

The Hague, 22 October 2018– Mechanism Prosecutor Serge Brammertz will visit Belgrade from 22 to 24 October, as part of preparations for his regular biannual report to the UN Security Council (UNSC). The Prosecutor will meet with President Aleksandar Vučić, Minister of Justice Nela Kuburović and Chief War Crimes Prosecutor Snežana Stanojković to discuss the implementation of the National War Crimes Strategy, regional judicial cooperation in war crimes cases and support from the Mechanism Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) to Serbian authorities’ efforts to achieve justice for war crimes. Separately, Prosecutor Brammertz will also discuss with interlocutors the humanitarian imperative…

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Eurojust hosts Consultative Forum of top EU prosecutors

Ladislav Hamran, Eurojust President Strengthening the fight against terrorism and migrant smuggling Top prosecutors from across Europe gathered today at Eurojust in The Hague to tackle the ever-changing challenges of cross-border terrorism and migrant smuggling, share new strategies in using the European Investigation Order, discuss developments in the area of e-evidence and prepare for the new Eurojust Regulation. The 13th meeting of the Consultative Forum of Prosecutors General and Directors of Public Prosecutions of the Member States of the European Union (the Consultative Forum) works towards making the cooperation between judges, investigators and prosecutors in the European Union simpler, quicker…

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